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Plastic Surgery Recovery Slowed By E-cigarettes

Please call (713) 766-0071 to schedule a consultation with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Eisemann and learn how best to prepare for your procedure Nicotine is a vascular constrictor. This means that it works to constrict veins and arteries, slowing blood flow and, along with it, the body’s natural healing response. Smokers typically experience less rewarding plastic surgery results due to this longer recovery period, which often produces thick and visible scars. Smoking also increases risks for infection and other postoperative complications, making it something board-certified Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Eisemann will recommend you quit at least six weeks prior to your procedure. But is “quitting” with e-cigarettes a good option?

A new study published in the December issue of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the official online medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, finds that e-cigarettes are just as bad for surgical recovery as traditional tobacco. This is because it is nicotine, not any of the thousands of other chemicals in cigarette smoke, which slows healing. If you are a smoker who is looking into plastic surgery in Houston, you will need to eliminate nicotine from your body in the weeks leading up to your procedure. Patches, gums, e-cigarettes, and other nicotine replacement options do not help reduce risks of complication and must be given up for optimal results.

As we enter 2017, committing to your health can include quitting smoking as well as looking into body contouring procedures that can help provide greater ease of movement and a tighter, more toned physique. Dr. Eisemann and our helpful staff welcome an opportunity to meet with you and discuss your goals, and to provide information on how we can help you reach them.

To schedule your consultation at our Houston office, please contact the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center today. Dr. Eisemann serves Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and all surrounding areas of Texas.  

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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